Presentations of award-winning research

14 November 2014

From left: Associate Professor Md Ezharul Hoque Chowdhury, Dr Joel Moore and Dr Adeline Ting.

The third PechaKucha session featured recipients of the Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Research and Education Round 2013, who spoke about their research and hopes for commercialisation.

In her presentation titled ‘Culturing Microbes: From Lab-based Analysis to Impact Research Outputs’, Dr Adeline Ting from the School of Science showed how microbes could be used to deal with fusarium wilt and basal stem rot in banana and palm oil plants as well as using microbes from a fish to develop prebiotics for fish consumption. 

Associate Professor Md Ezharul Hoque Chowdhury from the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences presented on ‘Advanced cancer therapy through targeted gene knockdown along with conventional anti-cancer drugs’, revealing that his proposal of cancer therapy using nanoparticles as a binding agent in drugs would result in higher effectiveness and minimal side effects.


Dr Joel Moore from the School of Arts explained how he used of technology to create a simulated learning experience for his students in his presentation ‘Blended Learning Simulations for Student Career Preparation’. Using a social networking site as a platform, Dr Moore created a simulated environment for students to role-play in an international crisis situation, including developing position papers, press releases and recording meetings on video.

In the wrap-up Question and Answer session, all three speakers shared about their research challenges, experience and future endeavours in terms of commercialisation. 

PechaKucha is a series of concise lunchtime talks organised by the Professors Advisory Group (PAG) that introduces the audience to the range of disciplinary areas covered by Monash Malaysia’s academics. Meaning ‘chit chat’ in Japanese, the presentation format is 20 slides displayed for 20 seconds each, to be presented in just 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

PechaKucha is held once a month during lunch hours, featuring three speakers each time.